In this occasional series, members of Rugby Cafe Writers choose the books which have influenced them. Today it is the turn of Lindsay Woodward. Lindsay has had a lifelong passion for writing, starting off as a child when she used to write stories about the Fraggles of Fraggle Rock. Knowing there was nothing else she’d rather study, she did her degree in writing and has now turned her favourite hobby into a career. She writes from her home in Rugby, where she lives with her husband and cat. Her debut novel, Bird, was published in April 2016 and Lindsay is now working on her seventh novel. Her short story, Bird, is the original inspiration for the novel.
The book I am currently reading
I’m currently reading Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren. I’m only about a quarter of the way through so, so eager to see where it’s going.
My earliest reading memory
Apart from books we had to read at school, my earliest memory of reading is No One Knows Where Gobo Goes When Gobo Goes Away. It was a Fraggle Rock book. That’s when I realised I wanted to write, as I felt compelled to create my own Gobo stories.
The book that changed my life
When I was quite young, one Saturday afternoon, as it just happened to be on the telly, I watched the film of The Picture of Dorian Gray. I had nightmares for the next year. The story never left me. Years later, I studied Writing as my degree and did a module on horror writing. I decided I should finally dare to read Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece and write my final essay on it. I absolutely loved it. Such a powerful story that says so much about humanity. It’s now one of my favourite books of all time.
The book I wish I had written
Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It found it gripping, not just because of the horror, but because I really cared about the characters and got so involved with the story. I’d love to write my own vampire story one day, but I know I could never do better than this.
My favourite series of books
Bridget Jones’ Diary. An easy, funny read that I loved from start to finish.
The book I couldn’t finish
I normally always try to struggle through books, even when I’m not enjoying them, but the first book I remember giving up on is Cape Fear by John D. MacDonald. I really wanted to get into it, but it was just too slow paced for me.
The book that made me laugh
The funniest book I’ve ever read is Things Snowball by Rich Hall. I lived in London when I read it, and one day took in on the Underground with me. I had tears streaming down my face as I tried to stifle my laugh on a packed, peak time tube. I certainly got some funny looks!